09 April – 01 September 2021

Anteroom of the Armoury Chamber

The Moscow Kremlin Museums
Participants: The Moscow Kremlin Museums, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, private collection of the Karisalov family


Bellatrix broochThe exhibition is dedicated to the art of Nadia Léger (1904-1982), a famous artist of the 20th century, a bright representative of the Parisian art school.

The oeuvre of this talented painter and graphic artist, who was also engaged in monumental art and design, was the amalgam and reinterpretation of the major artistic trends of the 20th century, such as Cubism, Suprematism, Purism and Socialist Realism.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Nadia Léger turned to an early period of her creative career dating back to the early 1920s that of the "flight forms". It was inspired by the dawn of the Space Age. of Yuri Gagarin’s feat stunned Nadia: this miracle, which became a reality, was perceived by her as the ultimate fulfilment of her teacher, the founder of Suprematism, Kazimir Malevich’s vision and earlier dreams.

In 1970, Nadia Léger created a series of suprematism jewellery pieces based on her paintings and graphic works in gold, platinum, and diamonds. She presented the Soviet Union with thirty-seven pieces of precious "cosmic" jewellery – brooches, rings and watches in 1976. They were transferred to the Moscow Kremlin Museums in 1980, where they are preserved to this day.

A remarkable collection of avant-garde jewellery will be on public display for the first time, and it will focus on a less explored aspect of Nadia Léger's outstanding talent. Along with the jewellery pieces, it will showcase a graphic portrait of Nadia, made by her husband Fernand Léger; Suprematist Compositions from the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Pablo Picasso’s drawing from the collection of the Karisalov family, depicting Yuri Gagarin as a soaring dove.


 The exhibition works from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Thursday, in the anteroom of the Armoury Chamber.

  • 1000 rubles
  • 500 rubles for all under-16s

Tickets can be purchased:

  • online (only full price tickets)
  • at the ticket office in the Alexander Garden on the day of the visit.
    Ticket office operating hours - from 9:30 to 16:30